So today we hear that our cafe-bought hot drinks, which are much needed on chilly days like today, are overloaded with sugar.
Action on Sugar analysed 131 drinks and found that a third had at least as much sugar as a can of soft drink such as Coca-cola, which contains 9 teaspoons, and in the worst cases some contained over 20 teaspoons of sugar.
The maximum daily intake of added sugar is around 30g (according to the NHS), so just one drink could take you over your daily limit, and that’s without the snack that you may buy to go with it.
It’s important to remember that the sugar we consume is used by the body to make energy. If you don’t use this energy (by exercising), the unused sugar will turn to fat.
But why waste money on sugar-laden drinks when you could make out delicious hot chocolate that is rich in antioxidants, low in sugar and tastes delicious!
55g dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids)
200ml non-dairy milk
1/2 tsp honey
1 tsp Coconoil
pinch of ground cinnamon
Place the chocolate and milk in a small pan and heat, stirring occasionally until the chocolate has melted.
Whisk in the honey, Coconoil and cinnamon.
Pour into a mug and serve.
If you want thicker hot chocolate just add less milk.
You can also make this in advance and reheat in the microwave at work.